Asean News Headlines at 10pm on Monday (June 24, 2024)


An employee prepares a loom to weave traditional textiles at the Nusa eco-tourism village in Lhoknga, Aceh province on Monday, June 24, 2024. - AFP

Malaysia:

* Identities of those behind Sulu claimants will be revealed after all legal appeals settled, says Azalina

* Wan Saiful referred to the Rights and Privileges Committee over allegedly misleading statements

* MCMC blocked 549 pornographic websites and 69 prostitution websites this year, says Deputy Comms Minister

* Langkawi to be promoted as preferred Muslim destination, Dewan Rakyat told

* 'The ball's in your court now,' Tok Mat tells Blinken regarding US proposal for Palestine

* Amir Hamzah's diesel subsidy rationalisation explanation sets off heated debate in Dewan Rakyat

* Second LCS over 64% complete, says Khaled

* New Dewan Negara president will be a Sarawakian, says Abang Jo

* Tengku Zafrul: Embrace AI to achieve significant productivity improvements

* There was criminality and forgery in the running of SRC, ex-director tells court

* Johor police expose insurance fraud syndicate after brutal murder, eight arrested

* I'll reply to Bersatu notice on rogue reps' seats in 21 days, says Speaker

A worker operates a vacuum system during the cleanup of an oil slick at Tanjong Beach in Sentosa, Singapore. - ReutersA worker operates a vacuum system during the cleanup of an oil slick at Tanjong Beach in Sentosa, Singapore. - Reuters

Singapore:

* Single mother admits splashing hot water on her four kids on suspicion that one of them stole her cash

* Singapore woman fined RM32,000 for not wearing mask, pulling down social distancing ambassador’s mask in 2021 pandemic

* Removal of oil from seas, beaches nearly completed; cleanup of spill enters next phase

* Scammers using deepfake nude images to demand money from victims in Singapore

* SIA to begin flights to Beijing Daxing International Airport in November

* Singapore May core inflation at 3.1% y-o-y

* Oil eases as strong dollar weighs on commodities markets

* Low-cost flights from Singapore to three Sarawak cities boost connectivity

* Emerging markets - Singapore May core inflation unchanged from April; Asian shares subdued

Indonesia:

* Cyberattacker hits Indonesia's data centre, now demands RM37.7mil ransom

* 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocks off Indonesia's Maluku province

* Indonesia president proposes reinstating Covid-era bad-debt credit policy; move aims to put liquidity into the banking system

* Cyber attack compromised Indonesia data centre, ransom sought, reports Antara

* Indonesia will keep fiscal metrics under legislated limits, officials say

* Jakarta is full of wonders, from history and architecture to food and music

* Forest fire ravages Indonesia's Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park

* ‘Why should Bali be sold cheaply?’: Officials mull higher tourist tax to deter misbehaving visitors

* Developers propose themed districts in Indonesia’s new capital

A view of traffic during sunrise in Bangkok, Thailand. - ReutersA view of traffic during sunrise in Bangkok, Thailand. - Reuters

Thailand:

* Thailand: Money laundering, public fraud and embezzlement suspect Chanin charged in Bangkok court

* Thai finance minister says economic growth to be driven to 3% this year

* Thailand ranked the sixth best MICE destination in Asia Pacific; more than trillion baht generated over last eight years

* Thai Bourse set to tighten reins on Asia’s worst stock market

* Timor-Leste, Thailand agree to visa waivers

* Srettha and Move Forward party cases threaten Thailand’s economic revival: Expert

* Asia shares dip into the red, yen on intervention watch

Philippines:

* World Bank urges Philippines to invest in children's early years to boost human capital

* Philippines vows to continue South China Sea resupply missions, says defence secretary

* Philippines accuses China of using 'illegal force' to deliberately disrupt resupply mission

* Big-time oil price hike in Philippines effective June 25

* Philippines, Asia-Pacific countries under threat of viral hepatitis the 'silent killer': Experts

* ‘We don’t instigate wars’, says Filipino President Marcos

* De Lima acquitted in third and last drug case

Devout Catholics, dressed in dried banana leaves, gather outside the church of Saint John the Baptist during the mud festival at Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija province, northern Philippines, Monday, June 24, 2024. - APDevout Catholics, dressed in dried banana leaves, gather outside the church of Saint John the Baptist during the mud festival at Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija province, northern Philippines, Monday, June 24, 2024. - AP

Vietnam:

* Fiery blaze kills three children in Vietnam's Central Highlands; youngest only nine-months-old

* Vietnam state media says Heineken plans to close one of its breweries due to weaker demand

* 'Only peace matters', says Vietnam as it signals interest in South China Sea talks with Manila

* South-East Asia’s largest wastewater treatment facility to open in HCM City mid-2025

* Some Vietnam coffee farms thrive despite drought, but may not stop espresso price hikes

* Domestic enterprises in Vietnam advised to optimise FTAs

Myanmar:

* First Myanmar junta conscripts to begin duty at end of month

* Yangon parties on in war-torn Myanmar despite tough circumstances

* Facing a bleak, uncertain future - Rohingyas refugees left to languish in detention centres in Indonesia

Tran Thi Huong, a coffee farmer, stands next to a coffee cherry at her farm in Pleiku, Gia Lai province, Vietnam. - ReutersTran Thi Huong, a coffee farmer, stands next to a coffee cherry at her farm in Pleiku, Gia Lai province, Vietnam. - Reuters

Cambodia:

* Phnom Penh ranked as second most expensive city in Cost of Living City Ranking for South-East Asia; KL placed in ninth spot

* Killing of young Cambodian couple by businessman with honorary title revives concerns about impunity

* Cambodia says Thai foreign minister to visit country

Laos:

* Laos and Vietnam to launch cross-border QR payment service in August

* Mind the environment, Lao PM tells Xekong coal mine operator

Brunei:

* Court dismisses appeal from man jailed for sexually abusing 10-year-old niece; jail term and whipping remains

* Security guard imprisoned for assault, outraging modesty of woman

Firefighters are seen at the site of a fire at a lithium battery factory owned by South Korean battery maker Aricell in Hwaseong on Monday, June 24, 2024. Twenty-two people were killed in a massive fire at a South Korean lithium battery plant on June 24, most of them Chinese nationals, in one of the country's worst factory disasters in years. - AFPFirefighters are seen at the site of a fire at a lithium battery factory owned by South Korean battery maker Aricell in Hwaseong on Monday, June 24, 2024. Twenty-two people were killed in a massive fire at a South Korean lithium battery plant on June 24, most of them Chinese nationals, in one of the country's worst factory disasters in years. - AFP

AseanPlus:

* Lady Gaga spotted wearing a custom Rizman Ruzaini dress for Las Vegas show

* Landslides on Mt Kinabalu after continuous heavy rain

* Hong Kong top court hears Jimmy Lai appeal as scrutiny mounts

* Export recovery, elevated interest rate to shape Apac growth - S&P Global Ratings

* Korean Air flight diverted after plane drops 26,900 feet in 15 minutes; 13 taken to hospital

* China’s mega online shopping festivals losing lustre as Chinese tighten their belts

* AI scores high in China’s ‘gaokao’ language tests, low in maths

* HK star Stephen Chow shares video of him ‘dancing’ with Avantgardey

* Landslide kills eight in China after heavy rainfall

* Huawei mobile devices near a billion as Apple rivalry heats up

* Chinese automakers look to livestreaming to shake stuffy image

* Firefighters find '20 bodies' at S Korea battery fire site: Yonhap

* 18,000 cybersecurity attacks reported to Hong Kong police in three months

* This China watcher says a ‘big bang approach’ is needed to revive the economy

* Australia waters down planned world first vape ban after opposition from Greens

* China running short of lottery tickets as youth try their luck amid shaky economy

* Hello Kitty, parasites: Inside North Korea trash balloons according to the South

* Hong Kong solo hiker airlifted to hospital after 15-hour search effort in New Territories

* Hong Kong airport restores flight data for on-site screens, day after glitch causes delays

* Gunmen kill 15 police officers and several civilians in Russia's southern Dagestan region

* Hong Kong’s US$8 billion government fund inks deal with Beijing biotech start-up as city aims for tech hub status

* China woman, 40, streaks through college campus in revenge against lover, 18, who ‘took her money’, earns online backlash

* Japan’s Transport ministry to create takeoff, landing coordinator in airport control towers to prevent runway collisions

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